January 23, 2009

Baseball Publication Recognizes Four Wildcats

On the heels of being ranked No. 18 in the country in a pre-season baseball poll for junior colleges, four Western Nevada Wildcats have been named among the top players in the country at their positions.

Collegiate Baseball has named right fielder Brian Barnett, and pitchers Logan Odom, Josh Moody and Kyle Starratt. The four sophomores have put up impressive statistics and all four have earned Division I scholarships to continue their collegiate baseball career next year.

Power hitter Barnett led the 'cats last season with a .364 batting average, 11 home runs and 44 RBI. He had an amazing .591 slugging percentage and was named the Region XVIII Player of the Year. Barnett will play for the University of Nevada, Reno, next year.

Moody and Odom both signed with premier teams for next year. Moody, with an ERA of 2.37 and record of 8-4, signed with Arizona State and Odom, a 6' 6" right-hander whose fastball has been clocked at 93 mph, was selected by University of Southern California.

Kyle Starratt will attend Texas Christian University of the Mountain West Conference. Starratt, a right hander, was the ace of last season's staff, finishing with a 9-4 record and only 17 walks in 89 innings.

"This is the highest number of players we've ever had by Collegiate Baseball," Coach DJ Whittemore said. Two players, Andrew Reid and Kyle Farrell, were named last year. "That's what it's all about, getting accolades and exposure for our players and the program. Not only are our players earning scholarships to continue their education, they are also being noticed by pro scouts.

The Wildcats begin their season January 30 in Las Vegas and their first home series will be March 6 at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City against the College of Southern Idaho.

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